A FRENCH GOLD-LINED TORTOISESHELL SNUFF-BOX SET WITH GOLD COINS
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A FRENCH GOLD-LINED TORTOISESHELL SNUFF-BOX SET WITH GOLD COINS

BY PIERRE-ANDRÉ MONTAUBAN (FL. 1800-1822), MARKED, WITH THE EXCISE MARKS FOR GOLD PARIS 1798-1809 AND THE UNOFFICIAL POST-REVOLUTIONARY STANDARD MARK FOR 18-CARAT GOLD

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A FRENCH GOLD-LINED TORTOISESHELL SNUFF-BOX SET WITH GOLD COINS
by Pierre-André Montauban (fl. 1800-1822), marked, with the excise marks for gold Paris 1798-1809 and the unofficial post-Revolutionary standard mark for 18-carat gold
Oval black tortoiseshell box, the cover inset with three antique gold coins mounted a-jour, the obverses and reverses under convex glass and framed by blue enamelled gold borders, the interior gold-lined
3¾ in. (95 mm.) wide
Provenance
Jean-Jacques de Cambacérès (1753-1824), Duke of Parma, arch-chancellor of Emperor Napoléon I and architect of the Code Civil.
His great-nephew, Comte Delair de Cambacérès.
Acquired from above by a private collector.
Anonymous sale; Sotheby's, Geneva, 12 November 1985, lot 407 (to Dreesmann).
Dr Anton C. R. Dreesmann (inventory no. F-156).
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Lot Essay

The three gold coins are, from left to right: a Roman aureus of Antoninus Pius (138-161), the reverse with Apollo, an Ostrogothic solidus of Justinian I (527-565), the reverse with an angel holding a cross, and a Roman aureus of Marcus Aurelius (161-180), the reverse with Fides.
A group of other snuff-boxes, also in the neoclassical style, from the collection of Cambacérès was sold Christie's, Geneva, 15 November 1994, lots 91-105.
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